Brockton’s road trip to Leominster every other year isn’t an easy one. A 90-minute bus ride, traffic jams not withstanding, can make for a very long day.
The No. 13 Boxers ensured their ride home would be a good one Friday, holding on for a tight-fisted 14-6 triumph.
“It’s a huge win against a great program,” Brockton coach Peter Colombo said. “Coming out here and winning a tough football game it’s nice to be 5-3 and looking forward to finishing this thing off. With the defense we have we’ll be in every game and our ability to run the football we can win games.”
After Leominster took a 6-0 lead, Brockton answered on the ensuing possession. Quarterback Austin Roberts capped the drive with 1-yard dive followed by Levon Merian’s PAT with 7:22 left before halftime giving Brockton a 7-6 edge.
Roberts is back in top form after suffering fractures to three vertebrae Sept. 28 in a game against St. John’s Prep. The senior missed two games but returned last week, leading his team to a victory over Durfee.
“The kid is tough as nails and that’s our personality,” said Colombo. “We’re going to ride him the rest of the way.”
After the Blue Devils failed on fourth and 8 from the Brockton 35, running back Luis Jiminez exploded for a 35-yard run to set up Roberts’s 12-yard run around the left side into the end zone, putting the Boxer up by 8 points.
Everett 35, Medford 0 — Jalen Felix and Jakarrie Washington each scored two touchdowns in the second-ranked Crimson Tide’s win.
Natick 32, Needham 14 — Senior defensive back Jack Turner set a school record with five interceptions for the seventh-ranked Redhawks (8-0).
Andover 42, Chelmsford 22 — C.J. Scarpa was 14 for 23 passing with 139 yards and three touchdowns to keep the eighth-ranked Golden Warriors perfect (8-0).
Burlington 34, Watertown 13 — Running backs Marcus Odiah and Anthony Cruz each scored a touchdown to lead the No. 10 Red Devils (7-1).
King Philip 35, Attleboro 7 — Running back Joe Johnston scored two touchdowns to power the No. 11 Warriors (7-1).
Bridgewater-Raynham 27, Dartmouth 7 — Jordan Cohen hit Kevin Wadsworth with a pair of touchdown passes for the No. 12 Trojans.
Weymouth 41, Braintree 10 — Freshman Matt Long rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns for the No. 14 Wildcats (6-2).
North Attleborough 36, Mansfield 21 — Senior quarterback Ryan Perron led the Red Rocketeers (5-3), connecting on 7 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Haverhill 41, Methuen 20 — Senior Chance Brady had 26 carries for 273 yards and five touchdowns.
BC High 44, Malden Catholic 0 — Brandon Owens (two touchdowns) was one of six Eagles (3-4) that scored in the win.
Plymouth South 39, Dennis-Yarmouth 12 — Running back Dylan Oxsen battered through the Dolphins’ defense, rushing for six touchdowns for the Panthers.
Nauset 49, Falmouth 14 — Jimmy Sullivan and Harry Lynch scored two touchdowns each to lead the Warriors (8-0).
Blue Hills 34, Diman 15 — Vincent Burton (28 carries, 92 yards, three touchdowns) moved into third-place on the state’s all-time scoring list with 580 points (2 points shy of second place).
Abington 40, Rockland 12 — Jack Malafronte ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns as the host Green Wave improved to 8-0.
Latin Academy 18, West Roxbury 14 — Ernest Kellough had 69 yards rushing and a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Dragons.
Burke 22, Boston English 8 — Elvin Perez threw two touchdown strikes to George Tate to lift the Bulldogs (2-5).
Madison Park 18, South Boston 0 — The Cardinals (5-2) were led by backup quarterback Hector Villar, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.
North Reading 60, Manchester Essex 7 — Carl Lipani rushed for 219 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns. He also added a 37-yard interception return for a score.
Foxborough 28, Canton 22 — Kiivone Howard rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns for the Warriors (6-2).
Sharon 27, Randolph 8 — Senior Brad Kaufman hauled in five receptions for 86 yards and two scores to lead the Eagles (7-1).
Lexington 20, Belmont 7 — Xander Erickson hurled three touchdown passes to lead the Minutemen (3-5).
Bedford 20, Boston Latin 6 — Olan Abner had 10 carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buccaneers.
Lynn English 34, Peabody 0 — Isiah Davis scored two touchdowns in the romp, including an 81-yard touchdown rush, and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
Masconomet 34, Lynn Classical 24 — Dylan Mann rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Chieftains (6-2).
Chelsea 36, Mystic Valley 8 — Raul Flores rushed for 170 yards and three scores as the Red Devils picked up their first win of the season.